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Holland native Robby Müller, Nsc, Bvk, will be among the 2012 honorees at the 27th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. The cinematographer of indie film classics “Dead Man,” “Breaking the Waves” and “Repo Man” will receive the international achievement award at the Asc’s Feb. 10 ceremony in Los Angeles. Also receiving special honors will be Oscar winner Dean Semler Asc, Acs (“Dances With Wolves,” “Apocalypto,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who will receive the lifetime achievement award; Rodney Charters, Asc, Csc (“24,” “TekWar,” “Nash Bridges”), who will receive the career achievement in television award; and former Asc technology committee chairman Curtis Clark, Asc (“Dominick and Eugene,” “Extremities”), who will receive the President’s Award. Read More: Woody Allen's »
- Jay A. Fernandez
At the origins of the WWE Championship, we can immediately see the legendary status that Bruno Sammartino has in the eyes of all wrestling fans. The most fundamental statistic in his astonishing career is of course the 2,803 consecutive days for which he held the then Wwwf Championship between 1963 and 1971. Of course, nowadays such a feat in the WWE is virtually unheard to the extent that current WWE Champ Cm Punk’s title reign is considered incredibly long, and he has held the title “only” 325 days.
This change can be viewed in a number of ways. Sammartino at the time of his championship reigns was the biggest star in wrestling, as was Hulk Hogan during the majority of his WWE Championship reigns. The fans would back these superstars to the hilt, and would never want to see them lose a single match, let alone the championship. The devotion to Sammartino was so great, »
- Callum Wiggins
James Westby is an independent filmmaker in Portland, Oregon. His feature films include Film Geek (2006), The Auteur (2008) and Rid of Me (2011). As a filmmaker, I am increasingly excited for the vast audience the web and on demand services can bring to an independent movie - mine or anyone else's - with a reach far larger than was ever thought possible. But at the same time, I lament the dying of the independent video store, a place where I spent my youth - and much of my adulthood. When I was a boy in Grays Harbor County, Washington, the video store was my version of a repertory movie house. Aside from a lot of (mostly) amazing horror (Romero's Martin and Raimi's Evil Dead were my sister's and my favorites), this is the institution that gave me This is Spinal Tap (my family's first-ever rental title), the masterful Repo Man, and my »
0:00 - Intro / Tiff Celebrity Run-Ins 17:20 - Review: V/H/S 47:30 - Review: Side by Side 1:16:10 - Headlines: R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan, Summer Movie Attendance Lowest in 20 Years, Star Trek 2 Title + Third Hobbit Film Title, Daniel Craig Signs on for More Bond, Airplane Scientifically Proven to Be Funniest Movie Ever 1:38:40 - Other Stuff We Watched: Bachelorette, The Guard, Flightplan, Paranoiac, Hatchet, Cloverfield, Repo Man 1:59:00 - Junk Mail: Real Sex in Movies, Watching Star Wars for the First Time, Other Reviews Tainting Opinions, How to Build a Time Machine Update, Trilogy Cred + Foreign Comedies, Top 5 Action-Comedies, Pet Peeves in Movies 2:28:10 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 2:33:45 - Outro
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The X Division was once the best thing on television. These days it’s a watered down shell of it’s former self. Things were on the up with Austin Aries as champion which has ultimately led to him fighting for the World Heavyweight title in a PPV main event. Can you believe it? We can’t! Not from the company that pushed an enfeebled Jeff Hardy over Aj Styles.
So without further ado we look once more into our crystal ball and give you our thoughts on Tna Destination X 2012.
Dakota Darsow Vs Rubix Vs Lars Only Vs Mason Andrews – Last Chance 4 Way
Kudos to Tna for bringing in some exciting talents for this tournament and not just throwing Robbie E into the mix because they don’t have a decent X Division roster anymore, but surely there could have been a few better choices than the ones they »
- Matt Aspin
*Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared on Icons Of Fright’s sister site Massive Hysteria back in September of 2010. With this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray releases of both Mother’S Day and 11-11-11, we thought we’d present it again to the Icons audience completely unedited and uncut. Check it!
Considering director Darren Lynn Bousman’s impressive body of work, which spans over 3 Saw sequels, the crazy rock musical Repo! The Genetic Opera, an episode of NBC’s short lived Fear Itself TV series and the upcoming remake of Mother’S Day, it’s a surprise that we never got him in the hot seat for an extensive Icons Of Fright interview. So, with the launch of Massive Hysteria, we decided that he would make for the ideal interviewee to kick things off in style!
Bousman invited Mh over to his place for our career spanning lengthy chat, »
- Rob Galluzzo
One, if not the character that breaks out the most during Marvel's The Avengers movie is Bruce Banner and his alter-ego the Hulk. As played for the first time on-screen by Mark Ruffalo (Incredible Hulk TV star Lou Ferrigno provides the gruff voice of the greener version when he appears), the character gets to shine very brightly in several moments during The Avengers, which is pretty amazing considering that two Marvel Hulk movies have come out in the past 10 years.
But the luke-warm theatrical grosses of Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk and Louis Leterrier's 2008's The Incredible Hulk haven't really left audiences salivating for a third Hulk movie. Now that the early buzz is veyr favorable for both the use of the Hulk as an action piece in Avengers, as well as for Ruffalo's performance as gamma-irradiated scientist nerd Banner, could a new Hulk movie be a possibility for Marvel Studio's post-2013 movie schedule? »
- Patrick Sauriol
He may have made his name in some slightly more obscure/cult movies, but fans of cinema in general should be no stranger to Harry Dean Stanton. The 86 year old actor has appeared in such classics as Alien, Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man and Paris Texas to name but a few. And now he has a small, but very cool and funny cameo in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Stanton plays a security guard who converses with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) after his slightly greener, angrier alter ego crashes to Earth. It's a great scene, and was originally quite a bit longer but had to be trimmed down. In an interview with Badass Digest Whedon explains why this little one on one was necessary for the character of Bruce Banner, and why Stanton was the perfect man for the job.. I needed to get Banner from the horror of what »
With season two kicking off on April 1, who will be joining these GoT stars on the small screen every Sunday night? Who might even take the Emmy stage in September? Below, we profile a handful of new Game of Thrones cast members. You'll be getting to know their characters very well over the coming weeks...
Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'Ghar) - German actor, has worked on stage in his native country and also as a voice actor for numerous film dubs and audio books. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
This week, we had to get the fallout from Bobby Roode threatening the health of Dixie Carter after beating Sting at Victory Road. If only she’d used the ample time she had to get out of the ring to her advantage. And so Dixie joined us to open the show. Dixie made out like she was going to fire the champ, but Sting came out and claimed firing him was letting him off easy. Sting then said that his position as leader was just not working. So he said hes coming back as a wrestler to fight for Dixie and step down as General Manager. He did however promise that he had someone to take the company right to the top. Sting asked Dixie to let him give him the power to the Real Hulk Hogan. Dixie did her best to act conflicted. Later on in the show, in the main event slot, »
- Patrick Farren
This Week’s Must Look At: The artist book Don’t Kill the Weatherman by Martha Colburn has an online photograph preview and it looks stunning! I love Martha’s animation, but it always moves so quickly that it’s tough to savor the actual art. But, now I can! The above borrowed image is from frames from the film Spiders in Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical, the first Colburn film I ever saw way back in 2000. (If you go to the photo set, you can find details on how to purchase this limited edition.)Craig Baldwin has published issue #22 of Otherzine. You can read the whole thing here. But, two highlights are: An interview with Dominic Gagnon, who is seeking to save “censored” online videos; and curator Brenda Contreras reviews Sylvia Schedelbauer’s found footage film, Sounding Glass.This one’s for Canyon Cinema members only: But if you are one, »
- Mike Everleth
★★★★☆ Re-released on Blu-ray under Eureka's Masters of Cinema label, 1984 cult classic Repo Man is the debut film of actor, writer and director Alex Cox, and become a sleeper hit amongst sci-fi fans upon release thanks to its hugely entertaining mix of surreal humour and light satire, engaging everything from conspiracy theories to aliens. The film follows Otto (played with great comic dexterity by Emilio Estevez), a down-on-his-luck urban punk who has lost both his girlfriend and job in one day.
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John Huston’s 1941 detective tale The Maltese Falcon gets credit for a lot of things. Not the least of which is the launching of both Huston’s career and the career of its star, Humphrey Bogart. It also gets credit for beginning the longstanding and successful onscreen pairing of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, and heck, more often than not it’s pointed to as the beginning of the entire film noir movement of the 40s. That’s a lot of acclaim for a pretty simple mystery story about a salty detective named Sam Spade trying to find the whereabouts of a statue shaped like a bird. The late 70s and early 80s were a time when genre films were king. Not only were the titans of the industry, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, tearing up the box office with huge event franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but lots of other directors were getting in »
- Nathan Adams
What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw yesterday and today: • Pretty please... Can Someone Fix the Academy Awards? Please? Anyone? • This: "Now they want to have longer copyright periods because they say the young artists are relying on this money. The young artists never see any money because they sign away that money to big media corporations, like Universal and Viacom. We, the artists, lose all of our rights to these massive corporations, who then come down heavy on these kids for downloading films and music that we never see a penny from. It's complete bullshit. I want to encourage your audience to go and pirate a bunch of my stuff right away." Repo Man Rides Again: Alex Cox Interviewed • You have not seen product placement until you have seen this... What is the Brand and What is Not? Stephen Colbert Discusses Wheat Thins • Totally fascinating read about »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dread Center and yours truly caught up with filmmaker Greg Beville this week to get the lowdown on Blackstar Canyon, an indie horror feature currently in pre-production which he wrote and will direct. Read on for the first details.
“We plan on shooting mid-summer 2012 in Newhall, California, on the Red Epic,” said Beville of the status of Blackstar Canyon, which is set to star Halloween series vet Danielle Harris as well as actors Brian Krause, Tiny Lister, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Belinda Balaski (The Howling). “The cinematographer will be Ricardo Gale (Touching Home),” Beville continued, “and Ty Mitchell ("Andy" in John Carpenter’s The Fog) will serve as camera operator.”
Having previously scripted the upcoming feature The Night Watch for Electric Cobalt Entertainment - the production house behind Blackstar Canyon - Beville described the latter as “a cross between Darabont’s The Mist and Repo Man, where hillbilly werewolves meet Hindu mythology. »
- Sean Decker
That makes Round Table panelists Carlissa Pavlica, Carla Day and Sean McKenna very sad. But now isn't the time to cry. It's the time to debate various topics from the latest episode, as the team does in the following Q&A...
Lucifer's return: Good idea or played out idea?
Carissa: I can never get enough of Mark Pellegrino. He's the perfect demon inside your head. In a strange way, he keeps Sam on the straight path because he's so afraid of what might happen if he listens to him.
Carla: As much as I love Mark Pellegrino, At this point, I don't like Lucifer's return. It makes me terribly sad for Sam. Why did he return now? But, depending on how it plays out I easily could change my mind. »
- email@example.com (Sean McKenna)
Director: Thomas J. Wright.
Writer: Ben Edlund.
Mark Pellegrino certainly loves playing Lucifer in the series "Supernatural." In “Repo Man” he is back to treat viewers to his larger than life portrayal of the Devil. This time around, the gusto he puts into each appearance becomes far more memorable than the episode’s tale itself.
But for continuity trackers, this episode looks back at a job the Winchester boys did four years ago. Nora Havelock (Nicole Oliver), a white witch who helped lead the brothers to a possessed young man, Jeffrey (Russell Sams). The exorcism they conducted was seemingly successful, but when the episode moves back to the present, the job they did was not nicely wrapped up.
The adult Jeffrey had issues that no one was aware of. When he was possessed, he was able to become the murdering serial killer that he wanted to be. He »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Sum)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
What is Repo Man all about? The enduring debut of Alex Cox, it’s a melting pot of bizarre ideas, philosophical musings and potent social commentary, yet it’s quite hard to define exactly what the abiding message is. There’s certainly fear of the bomb, echoes of government conspiracy and the Roswell cover-up, talk of revolution in Latin America (one of Cox’s major themes), and a few very funny pops at religion. But aside from bringing together these disparate elements from the fringes of American life, what does it have to say? Perhaps it’s a fairly nihilistic film. In it’s comic juxtaposition of so many contradictory moral and spiritual codes, perhaps it’s fair to say that Repo Man’s anarchic central philosophy is that nothing really matters.
All of its characters are, at their best, amoral and anti-social and it is »
- Robert Beames
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-rays hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 20th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Fright Night 3D (DVD/Blu-ray)
Meet the sexy new neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell). He’s dangerously charming – and utterly lethal. That’s because he just happens to be a vampire, and out for blood…buckets of it. After high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) makes the connection between Jerry’s suspicious activity and a steadily rising body count, he vows to end the reign of terror next door. But he can’t do it alone. His only hope is Las Vegas magician/vampire-slayer Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Together, »
It has been a long time since Supernatural has been able to make me cringe, but it’s also been a long time since it’s been able to really surprise me. “Repo Man” opens up four years ago on a job we’ve never seen the Winchesters do, involving torturing a demon for information. They speak with the man the demon is possessing, Jeffrey, and receive his blessing to do whatever they need to do in order to get the demon to talk. This was the most brutal teaser I have seen in quite some time. Sam and Dean went crazy on this demon: cutting him, punching him, anything to get what they want. They send the demon back to Hell and take the barely alive Jeffrey to the hospital. It certainly set the tone for what turned out to be a pretty serious freaking episode. Not serious in the “oh my gosh, »
- Brody Gibson
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